Lord, Make Your Home in our Hearts

John saw that New Jerusalem “had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names inscribed, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel” (Revelation 21:12). Both the angels (Galatians 3:19) and Israel indicate the law. Only in Christ do we satisfy the law’s requirements (Romans 3:20, 24, 28) and thereby enter into the city.

In Matthew 15:8-9 the Lord Jesus quoted Isaiah 29:13, saying, “This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart stays far away from Me…” In Romans 2:29 Paul tells us, “…circumcision is of the heart…” In Matthew 22:37-38 the Lord quoted Deuteronomy 6:5 as the great and first commandment, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

Our participation in the current foretaste of New Jerusalem strongly involves our heart. The great and first commandment applies to us today. This loving is not by our own effort, but “We love because He first loved us”(1 John 4:19). We love both God and His children, not with our own love, but with the love which He has placed in us. And, as we let Him live in us, “His love is perfected in us” (1 John 4:12).

Furthermore, we need to be strengthened into our inner man so that Christ can make His home in our heart (Ephesians 3:16-17). When He makes home in us, then He is involved in every detail; His tastes, attitudes, preferences, and goals become ours. A hymn expresses this mutual living and also has many lines which we can employ in our praying for this. A sample: “Our Person, Lord, Thou art / Make home in all our heart. / As life in every way / Be our Person, Lord, each day.” Father, strengthen us into our inner man so that Christ can occupy our whole heart.

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